Who organizes the Cheyenne Day of Giving each year?

The Day of Giving Board is made up of representatives from the Cheyenne community. We share the responsibilities of recruiting supporting congregations and businesses, publicizing the event itself as well as the huge need for donations, organizing volunteers for the Day of Giving, and encouraging other ways to give throughout the year.

We also have major assistance in all these responsibilities from the Committee of the Whole, representatives from as many different congregations as want to participate. We hope many of the Committee of the Whole members will eventually want to become board members and we encourage every single congregation in town to join us!

Here is a list of current board members:

  Kristal Wood President  
  Greta Morrow Vice-President  
  Jessica Uresk Secretary  
  Amy Mitchum Treasurer  
  Patrick Flanary At Large  
  Gale Graves At Large  
  Jeremiah Griffin At Large  
  Ashlie Irish At Large  
  Travis Rolf At Large  
  Alice Hill-Farris At Large  

How did the Cheyenne Day of Giving get started?

All of us know, either firsthand or through what we have heard of others, that the world is filled with people who are very sick and need things like blood transfusions, expensive medicines, and bone marrow transplants. We also know about the huge number of people struggling to make ends meet and having difficulty feeding and caring for their families.

Another thing we all know is that if the opportunity is available, those who are able will come together to help those who are truly in need or are ill. That is the seed of the idea which began the Cheyenne Day of Giving.

Back in 2006, several volunteers met to come up with an event which could bring together the community, help others, and, for at least one day, bring down the barriers between congregations as well as between congregations, government entities, and businesses. We wanted everyone to come together to help others!

How much has the Cheyenne Day of Giving been able to help others?

This annual event has been very exciting. As you can see from the data below, Cheyenne people have been very generous!

2017

Businesses helping 59
Community groups supporting 11
Congregations helping 77
Non-perishable food and personal care items 18,025 pounds
Portion from the Youth Event 3,500 pounds
Craft items 3,535 pounds
Leftover prescription medications 342 pounds
Medical supplies 1,600 pounds
Bone marrow donors registered 12
Bone marrow donors registered at other drives 90
Organ/tissue donors registered 3
Blood donors/blood product donated at Day of Giving 32/39
Blood donors/blood product donated at Day of Giving drives 219/310
Durable medical equipment 185 pieces
Used Eyeglasses 853 pairs
Used hearing aids 68
Used cell phones 177
Individual donations $10,823.91
Business and community group donations $40,188.32
In-kind donations Invaluable!

2016

Businesses helping 67
Community groups supporting 13
Congregations helping 78
Non-perishable food and personal care items 25,543 pounds
Portion from the Youth Event 6,685 pounds
Leftover prescription medications 416 pounds
Medical supplies 900 pounds
Bone marrow donors registered 25
Bone marrow donors registered at other drives 35
Organ/tissue donors registered 35
Blood donors/blood product donated at Day of Giving 33/49
Blood donors/blood product donated at Day of Giving drives 228 products total
Durable medical equipment 143 pieces
Used Eyeglasses 585 pairs
Used hearing aids 82
Used cell phones 207
Individual donations $8,571
Business and community group donations $36,464
In-kind donations Invaluable!

2015

Businesses helping 57
Community groups supporting 14
Congregations helping 79
Non-perishable food and personal care items 22,120 pounds
Portion from the Youth Event 8,045 pounds
Craft items 1,890 pounds
Leftover prescription medications 308 pounds
Medical supplies 1,565 pounds
Bone marrow donors registered 25
Organ/tissue donors registered 3
Blood donors/blood product donated at Day of Giving 33/41
Blood donors/blood product donated at Day of Giving drives 86/96
Durable medical equipment 74 pieces
Used Eyeglasses 939 pairs
Used hearing aids 93
Used cell phones 158
Individual donations $6,130.41
Business and community group donations $29,952.67
In-kind donations Invaluable!

2014

Businesses helping 48
Community groups supporting 20
Congregations helping 81
Non-perishable food and personal care items 17,359 pounds
Portion from the youth kickoff 4,000 pounds
Craft items 1,975 pounds
Portion from the youth kickoff 175 pounds
Leftover prescription medications 340 pounds
Medical supplies 1,200 pounds
Bone marrow donors registered 25
Organ/tissue donor table visits 18
Durable medical equipment 138 pieces
Used eyeglasses 548 pairs
Used hearing aids 55
Used cell phones 171
Individual donations $7,725.54
Business and community group donations $24,036.78
In-kind donations Invaluable!

2013

Congregations helping 76
Business Helping 54
Community groups supporting 14
Non-perishable food and personal care items 15,400 pounds
Craft items 1,250 pounds
Leftover prescription medications 363 pounds
Medical supplies 870 pounds
People coming to give blood 91*
Blood units collected 104*
Bone marrow donors registered 9
Organ/tissue donor table visits 34
Durable medical equipment 172 pieces
Used eyeglasses 666 pairs
Used hearing aids 9
Individual donations $5,489.35
Business and community group donations $26,025.85
In-kind donations Invaluable!

*These figures include blood donors who came to the Day of Giving event as well as those who donated at pre-event drives around Cheyenne and at United Blood Services between May 7 and May 16.

2012

Congregations helping 76
Business Helping 46
Community groups supporting 12
Non-perishable food and personal care items 9,810 pounds
Craft items 2,470 pounds
Leftover prescription medications 416 pounds
Medical supplies 796 pounds
People coming to give blood 117*
Blood units collected 126*
Bone marrow donors registered 31
Organ/tissue donor table visits 50
New organ/tissue donor registrations 1 on site, 4-5 off site
Durable medical equipment 201 pieces
Used eyeglasses 865 pairs
Used hearing aids 37
Cash donations received at the event, on the Donation Line, and on the website $5,601.19**
Memorial donation $5,000.00**
Donations from businesses and community groups $9,350.00**
Volunteer help and in-kind donations Invaluable!

*These figure includes only blood donors who came to the Day of Giving event. Blood donors who donate at United Blood Services between May 7 and May 19 will be included in final statistics at a later date.

**Day of Giving is a 501 (c) (3), all-volunteer nonprofit. Beyond the small amount set aside to cover the few event needs not covered by the many in-kind donations from local businesses, this money will be used to purchase items needed by clients of local agencies but not donated by the public.

2011

Congregations helping 69
Business Helping 46
Community groups supporting 11
Non-perishable food and personal care items 8,730 pounds
Leftover prescription medications & medical supplies 1,020 pounds
Medical supplies 440 pounds
People coming to give blood 134*
Blood units collected 129*
Bone marrow donors registered 47
Organ/tissue donor table visits 51
New organ/tissue donor registrations 4
Durable medical equipment 191 pieces
Used eyeglasses 916 pairs
Used hearing aids 39
Cash donations received at the event, on the Donation Line, and on the website $15,360.00
In-Kind donations Invaluable

*These figure includes blood donors who came to the Day of Giving event as well as those who gave at the United Blood Services building between May 9 and May 21 in the name of the Day of Giving and those who participated in the mobile blood drives at Frontier Refinery and WIN Health.

**Day of Giving is a 501(c) (3), all-volunteer nonprofit. Beyond the small amount set aside to cover the few event needs not covered by the many in-kind donations from local businesses, this money will go toward buying items needed by clients of local agencies but not donated by the public.

2010

Congregations helping 66
Business Helping 26
Community groups supporting 09
Non-perishable food and personal care items 12,360 pounds
Leftover prescription medications 683 pounds
Medical supplies 440 pounds
People coming to give blood 94
Blood units collected 84
Bone marrow donors registered 49
Organ/tissue donor table visits 60+
New organ/tissue donor registrations 10
Durable medical equipment 210 pieces
Used eyeglasses 1,276 pairs
Used hearing aids 37
Cash donations $15,237.13

2009

Congregations helping 63
Businesses helping 28
Community groups supporting 10
Non-perishable food and personal care items 12,000+ pounds
Leftover prescription medications and medical supplies 354.8 pounds
People coming to give blood 81
Blood units collected 58
Bone marrow donors registered 40
Organ/tissue donor table visits 80+
New organ/tissue donor registrations 05
Cash donations received $4,156

2008

Congregations helping 61
Businesses helping 34
Community groups supporting 6
Non-perishable food and personal care items 12,500+ pounds
Leftover prescription medications and medical supplies 500 pounds
People coming to give blood 121
Blood units collected 89
Bone marrow donors registered 114
Organ/tissue donor table visits 100+
New organ/tissue donor registrations 20
Cash donations received $3,759

2007

Congregations helping 32
Businesses helping 26
Community groups supporting 4
Non-perishable food and personal care items 9,000+ pounds
People coming to give blood 122
Blood units collected 62
Bone marrow donors registered 162
Organ/tissue donor table visits 100+
New organ/tissue donor registrations 7
Cash donations $821

2006

Congregations helping 22
Businesses helping 13
Community groups helping 2
Non-perishable food and personal care items 1500 pounds (3 pick up loads)
People coming to give blood 90+
Blood units collected 74
Bone marrow donors registered 130

* Community sponsors for the first year included the City of Cheyenne and F.E. Warren Air Force Base. In 2007, the school district and the hospital joined the effort. In 2008, we also had the help of St. Mary's School and the Harriet Skoglund Memorial.

* Funds noted above are designated for helping the local charities we support (Boys & Girls Club, Comea House, Home Away From Home, Family Promise Cheyenne, Magic City Enterprises, Needs, St. Joseph's Food Pantry, Salvation Army, Safehouse Services, and Wyoming Coalition for the Homeless.)

We do not donate money to them; rather, we ask for their wish lists and buy the things they need to help their clients in the Cheyenne area. In other words, the money goes directly to help people in need.

WE WOULD APPRECIATE YOUR HELP!

Here are some ideas:

  • Encourage donations by displaying a bin at your store or office and encouraging employees and those in neighboring businesses to donate.
  • Display a Day of Giving poster and the half-page handouts to help us acquaint area residents with the ways they can help others and with how Day of Giving works to help Cheyenne.
  • Give employees who want to come out to the event an extended lunch period, or vary lunch periods if several want to go. They can drive by and drop off donations, or they may want to come inside to give blood or register as bone marrow or organ/tissue donors.
  • Consider a cash donation to the Day of Giving. Because of generous in-kind donations, event expenses are about $1,800; the rest of the money we receive goes to buying those things needed by clients of local agencies but not donated by the public. We are a 501 (c) (3), all- volunteer organization, so we have no other overhead. That means your donation will have a big effect on our community!
  • Put the word out to your email or Facebook network! We need a network of people to encourage others to participate and to put out the telephone number for the Day of Giving Donor Line, our call-in-and-donate opportunity running the day of our event.
  • If you belong to a congregation in town, make sure it is on the list of supporting congregations. This is a big effort to include every part of the community and focus on helping others!
  • Decide where your talents would help Day of Giving. Call Greta at 635-3943 or 421-3436 with other ideas. She will be delighted to hear from you!

Does the Cheyenne Day of Giving have a statement of philosophy which serves as a guide in decision making?

Yes! The board has always felt the pull of working together to help those who are struggling, but after the 2nd Annual Cheyenne Day of Giving, we were advised to become a non-profit. In order to do that, we needed to come up with bylaws and a vision, mission, and values statement. We have this statement available at every meeting, and we make our decisions based on it.